DRAWING for ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS

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Learn to draw in our Seattle Drawing classesAnyone can draw… this means you! In this fun, step-by-step class, aimed at total beginners, we’ll work our way through a number of exercises designed to train your eye, hand and imagination to work together as a unit, or a team.

Whether your goal is to be able to draw from life, photos, or imagination, the class will help. You can bring your own materials or buy an inexpensive materials kit in class.

You’ll learn to how to draw objects based on simple shapes, and how to add shading and textures to make your drawings look real and three-dimensional.Drawing for Absolute Beginners is a good beginning-level class for people who have not drawn before, as well as students would like a refresher in the basics.

You’ll have fun, learn a lot, and get off to a good start. Most students notice striking improvement in their artwork as the class moves along.   Instructor: Nils Osmar


  • TO SIGN UP NOW, use the links in the sidebar or CLICK HERE
  • If you’re looking for the 1-day workshop version (“Learn to Draw in a Day”), CLICK HERE

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Student comments about Drawing for Absolute Beginners

I was the redhead who drove in every week from Tacoma. It was worth it. You really have something going if you can take someone like me and turn me into an artist, well, a beginning artist anyway! But that’s way ahead of where I was. Thanks again Nils! – R.M. (Tacoma)

The class was well organized and you took us along step-by-step. – Mary J. (Redmond)

I liked the opportunity to learn the basics in a non threatening environment. (unsigned; comment submitted online)

STUDENTS-drawing-and-paintingNils, Just wanted to let you know that I completed my application to the Game Animation Certificate program, and as of a week ago received notice of my acceptance. One of my portfolio pieces was a charcoal figure based upon one of the exercises from class – and of course, I’d never touched charcoal before meeting you. Thanks again for all the tips and encouragement! Your classes really helped polish my skills and boost my confidence a great deal. — J.C. (Seattle)

Your teaching style was a pleasure to learn by and I enjoyed your class very much.. – Ruth B. (Seattle)

Thanks for taking some time before the class to help me figure out which class I should take. You weren’t just trying to “sell” me a class, you helped me find the one that would be a good next step for me. – M.J. (Seattle)

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Nils Osmar has made his living in the arts since the 1980s, and has taught both accredited and non-accredited classes in Seattle for over twenty years, through the University of Washington’s Exp. College,  Antioch University’s Heritage Institute, Shoreline Community College, and Classesandworkshops.com.  His visual art classes and workshops include art classes, drawing classes, painting classes and more.  More information

Nils has worked as a fine and commercial artist, and done book and magazine illustration, design, book covers and interiors. His artwork has been internationally published.

For more Seattle drawing classes, see the Art Classes in Seattle page.


About the Materials

A pre-made KIT is available for this class. It includes a high quality drawing pad, and professional drawing pencils, blending tools and erasers.  It can be purchased at the Artist and Craftsman supply located at 4350 8th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105. The cost of the kit is $15.92 plus tax=$17.43 total. This is a greatly discounted price. To view the list of materials in the kit, click here: GENERAL USE DRAWING KIT

NOTE: If you can’t make it to the store to buy the kit, you can call the store and prepay for one, and they will deliver it to the classroom on the first day of class.  The store’s contact information is on the page that lists the materials:  GENERAL USE DRAWING KIT


Looking for fun, affordable art classes in Seattle?  Checking out what the local art schools and training programs have to offer Classesandworkshops.com is an art school, acting school, writing school, and film school, all rolled into one.  Our classes are fun, provide hands-on instruction and training in a classroom environment, and won’t break the bank.  You can take a class just for fun or work toward a certificate in drawing and illustration.  

Categories:  Seattle Art Classes, Seattle Drawing Classes, Seattle art schools

More Seattle drawing classes

★ = Class with multiple meetings
✰ = One Day Workshop (6 to 8 hours long)
☽ = One Night Wonder (2 or 3 hours long) (One Night Wonder classes have free art materials, provided by the instructor in class)


  1. Colored Pencil Drawing    

    ✰ Colored Pencil Drawing
    Sunday 10:30am-4:30pm
    August 14 only (one day workshop)
    University District, Seattle

  2. Drawing Babies and Children  

    ☽ Drawing Babies and Children
    A "one night wonder" art class!
    Tuesday 6pm-8pm
    11/1 only (one meeting)
    * This class has FREE art materials
    Greenwood Center (near Green Lake in Seattle)

  3. Drawing Faces and Portraits 

    ☽ Drawing Faces
    A "one night wonder" art class!
    Tuesday 6pm-8pm
    10/11 only (one meeting)
    * This class has FREE art materials
    Greenwood Center (near Green Lake in Seattle)

  4. Drawing for Absolute Beginners (5 week class) 

    ★ Drawing for Absolute Beginners
    Saturdays 9:30am-11:30am
    10/15-11/12 (five meetings)
    University of Washington campus

  5. Drawing Clothing and Drapery 

    ☽ Drawing Clothing and Drapery
    A "one night wonder" art class!
    Tuesday 6pm-8pm
    11/8 only (one meeting)
    * This class has FREE art materials
    Greenwood Center (near Green Lake in Seattle)

  6. Drawing Faces and Portraits 

    ☽ Drawing Faces
    A "one night wonder" art class!
    Tuesday 6pm-8pm
    10/11 only (one meeting)
    * This class has FREE art materials
    Greenwood Center (near Green Lake in Seattle)

  7. Drawing in Pen, Brush and Ink 

    ☽ Drawing in Ink
    A "one night wonder" art class!
    Tuesday 6pm-8:30pm
    11/15 only (one meeting)
    * This class has FREE art materials
    Greenwood Center (near Green Lake in Seattle)

  8. Drawing in Perspective 

    ☽ Perspective Drawing
    A "one night wonder" art class!
    Tuesday 6pm-9pm
    11/29 only (one meeting)
    * This class has FREE art materials
    Greenwood Center (near Green Lake in Seattle)

  9. How to Draw Hands! 

    Class 107519: How to Draw Hands
    A "one night wonder" art class!
    Tuesday 6pm-8pm
    11/22 only (one meeting)
    * This class has FREE art materials
    Greenwood Center (near Green Lake in Seattle)

  10. How to Draw Men 

    ☽ How to Draw Men
    A "one night wonder" art class!
    Tuesday 7pm-9:15pm
    10/18 only (one meeting)
    * This class has FREE art materials
    Greenwood Center (near Green Lake in Seattle)

  11. How to Draw Women 

    ☽ Drawing Facial Expressions
    A "one night wonder" art class!
    Tuesday 6pm-8pm
    10/25 only (one meeting)
    * This class has FREE art materials
    Greenwood Center (near Green Lake in Seattle)

  12. Learn to Draw in a Day Sec. 1    

    ✰ Course #17433
    Learn to Draw in a Day
    NOVEMBER CLASS
    Saturday 10am-4pm
    11/13 only (one day workshop)
    University of Washington campus

  13. Learn to Draw in a Day sec. 2   

    ✰ Learn to Draw in a Day (October class)
    Sunday 10am-4pm
    October 1 only (one-day workshop)
    University of Washington campus


See also: PAINTING CLASSES, CARTOONING CLASSES, OTHER ART CLASSES

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